Yesterday we gave you a sneak peak of what the first day of our Web Controlled Arduino Robotics summer camp will look like. Today we’re going to share day two: an introduction to Arduino. The day will be devoted to three activities, each one increasing in complexity.
Shall we begin?
Activity One: Blink Sketch
The easiest thing you can do with an Arduino board that’s actually visible is making an LED light blink on and off, so we’ll start by walking participants through one of the “Blink tutorials” found online. The great thing about these tutorials is that instead of just writing out commands for you to copy and paste, they actually explain how each command works. During this activity we’ll also explain some basic terms participants need to know to understand programming, such as input vs. output.
Activity Two: Arduino Mini-Challenge
Once all the participants have their LEDs blinking, it’s time to move on to the next activity. Kids will be divided into groups based on skill level, and each group will be given its own challenge, also based on skill level. The challenges include creating a buzzer, building a light sensor and programming a neopixel strip. For a little extra challenge participants can also program specific patterns into the neopixel strip or create a noise sensor / UV sensor / pollution sensor and program it to send data directly to the IFTTT.
Activity Three: Bikes with Superpowers!
We’ll start by talking about all the potential reasons why people don’t ride their bikes more, and discussing how we can solve these problems and get people back on their bikes. Kids are encouraged to come up with their own ideas, but STEAMLabs also has a list of issues–all listed with potential solutions–participants can choose from, such as road safety(potential solution: program lights to make your bike more visible to cars). Kids can then choose to work on the problems they’re most interested in solving, forming new groups based on interest.
Teams will spend 15 minutes discussing the problem they’ve chosen and who might have this problem. They’ll be asked to give the person with this problem a name and describe their life. Why does this problem matter to them? Why might they like one solution instead of another?
After 15 minutes each team will be divided in two. One half of the team will work on creating the product they’ve planned and the other team will write a five minute speech about their product, which will be presented to the rest of the participants at the end of the day.
Think this sounds like fun?
Then you’ll be glad to know that we still have spots available in our Web Controlled Arduino Robotics camp! The camp runs from July 13th to 24th and is open to kids 8 and up.
Do you know a kid who you think should become an inventor? Sign them up today!